The 8th Annual Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

December 17, 2019

The 8th Annual Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Mission: To recognize and honor Excellence in Biomedical Science conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


Prize details: One graduate student and one postdoctoral fellow are selected to receive the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation each year. Each winner receives a check for $50,000, which can be used in any way the winner chooses. Finalists are each awarded $5,000. In addition, the home institution of the winners will each receive a $5,000 donation to support the institution’s seminar series. Approximately 8-10 applicants will be selected for finalist status. Finalists will be invited to visit Regeneron for the onsite competition, travel expenses paid.


Nominations: Applicants must be nominated by their Program Heads/Deans. Each institution may nominate no more than two (2) PhD students and two (2) postdoctoral fellows. Each submission must include an institutional endorsement form signed by the Program Head or Dean. Applicants must prepare a description of their “dream” project and submit their full academic CV along with evidence of scholarly achievement.


The “Dream” Project, see also guidelines attached:

  1. The project proposed must be within the field of biomedicine, broadly defined.
  2. Proposals may be up to 2 pages, not including references, no smaller than 10-point font.
  3. Proposals must clearly define a specific experiment or series of experiments including a rationale, basic methodology/design (citing literature is fine), and discussion of how the experiment’s results would advance the field.
  4. This “dream” project should not be an extension of current work. “Out of the box” thinking is encouraged.


Deadline for final submissions is Monday March 2, 2020.


Please note: the “dream project” must be within the field of biomedicine, broadly defined, but can be unrelated to the student’s thesis research; this idea does not have to be something the student is doing or even going to pursue in the future.





There is a two-step selection process for this award:

  1. All GSAS students doing research in the field of biomedicine are invited to apply to the internal competition.
  2. Nominees chosen by the internal selection committee will be invited to submit complete proposals to the Regeneron Prize committee.


For the internal competition, students should submit:

1. a CV/biosketch that includes a full list of publications

2. a 1 page summary of their thesis research

3. a letter from their advisor supporting their nomination

4. a draft of their Dream Project Proposal (note: selected nominees will have additional time to work on their proposal)


These materials should be sent to by Monday February 3, 2020 at noon.


Good luck!